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Moving Toward a More Equitable Clark

To build a more equitable Clark University, we know we have much work to do. This work will take many forms, involve all members of the Clark community, and require additional resources. It will strengthen our great University, setting the stage for a better future.

Our Community Commitment

Clark is an extraordinary learning community characterized not only by a commitment to discovery, understanding, and knowledge but also by deep appreciation for its importance to individual lives and change in our society. We pride ourselves in fostering a sense of belonging and care for one another.

Across the years and especially in the last decade, we have worked to move ever closer toward a fully inclusive, just, and equitable Clark.

Yet, systemic racism and other forms of oppression do still appear at Clark, undermining our community, harming individuals, and standing in the way of every student seeking the fullest promise of a Clark education.

To ensure that Clark becomes a place where all students, faculty, and staff can be successful, our community must be committed to re-examining and reshaping the academic and campus experience to make it more equitable and inclusive. Our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion not only will benefit our students and ensure their success at and beyond Clark, but also are inextricably tied to the University’s future success.

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University Diversity Action Council

The University Diversity Action Council (UDAC) works with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and relevant faculty and staff committees to monitor, evaluate, and assess Clark’s implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

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Initiative Areas

Explore Clark’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including action items and updates, within each area below.

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Academics

Updated Oct. 14, 2021

Academics Action Items
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Campus Climate and Safety

Updated March 30, 2022

Campus Climate and Safety Action Items
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Community

Updated March 30, 2022

Community Action Items
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Data and Assessment

Updated Oct. 14, 2021

Data and Assessment Action Items
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Policies, Practices, and Procedures

Updated March 30, 2022

Policies, Practices, and Procedures Action Items

What’s New

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What’s New

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Quarterly Update on DEI Initiatives

Professional Development, Community Connections, and More

‘It’s about how we act every day’

MLK’s enduring legacy to be remembered at Jan. 27 event

Honoring Juneteenth

Clark recognizes day marking the ending of slavery

Registration Opens for Affinity Housing

Students may focus on centering Blackness, fighting anti-Blackness

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CGRAS holds Difficult Dialogues

The Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS) invited the campus to a four-part Difficult Dialogue series in which participants explored: How do we create meaningful relationships across difference? What are the challenges of, and possibilities for, cross-racial relationships at Clark among students, faculty, and staff?

Held in March and April, the Difficult Dialogues sessions included:

  • Cultivating Communities of Difference
  • Cultivating Supportive Classroom Dynamics
  • Call It Out: The ___ Between Us
  • Practice What You Preach: Strategies for Vulnerability and Connection

The series was supported through the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund.